I had known that the Internet Archive had submitted a response to the GPO’s RFP for mass digitization. A friend just sent me the link to the proposal submitted to GPO (embedded below and here’s the link to the proposal and supporting documents).
As you can probably guess, we’ve been pulling for the Archive to get the bid, not least of which because the Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit library and we’ve stated on more than one occasion that privatization of public domain government information is a very bad idea. But also, we’ve been heartened by the quality of the Archive’s scans to date, their openness and willingness to be collaborative in their processes and data access and sharing. Those qualities certainly come through in their proposal for mass digitization — not to mention the fact that they’ve actually made their proposal public!
While the award has not been officially announced, we really hope that the Archive wins the award. Perhaps GPO will name them as an official depository library and work with them not only on the “legacy” collection (there needs to be a better description of the deep and rich collections of depository libraries than the somewhat pejorative “legacy” 😐 ) but on digital deposit of government documents going forward.
–that is all.
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